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70 homes damaged, no injuries in Shiawassee County tornado

Posted: 5:22 AM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 11:02:09-04

VERNON, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Shiawassee County.

Michigan State Police say as many as 70 homes were damaged in the county but luckily no injuries.

The White Lake-based weather service says a tornado touched down at 7:03 p.m. Thursday in Vernon, about 21 miles (33.79 kilometers) southwest of Flint. Officials say the same tornado touched down in nearby Durand at about 7:05 p.m.

Severe weather also was reported in nearby Genesee County.

Weather service officials say an unconfirmed tornado in Flushing, near Flint in Genesee County, reportedly touched down at 7:12 p.m.

The tornadic activity happened on a day that also included severe thunderstorm warnings, watches, flooding, high winds and hail throughout lower Michigan.